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Raiderfest takes over Colonie

Second annual community-wide event is hosted by high school

After the success of last year’s Raiderfest, South Colonie’s iCARE students are preparing for the second, which will include more activities and events than the last.

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An extended visit for NYC ballet

Saratoga continues to be Upstate’s capital for the fine arts during the summer months, thanks in large part to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

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Dancing with ginger

Creo’s new executive chef has a fondness for Asian cuisine

Every artist has a signature style that distinguishes himself from his peers.

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Go play!

After two years without one, Maplewood School has a playground

After two years of waiting, Achievements and Kids Express Learning Center at Maplewood School opened a new playground, complete with a rock-climbing wall, teeter totter and balance beam.

Congressional art

Shaker High junior won Congressional Art Competition out of 48 students

Shaker High School junior Margaret Munane’s artwork will be shown in the United States Capitol as the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

Long days, shorts season

Style your outfits with shorts to keep coolAh, summertime. The hotter temperatures will be here before you know it.

County nixes downsizing

Proposal to hack number of seats voted down 21 to 18

The Albany County Legislature won’t be downsized any time soon.

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Get To Know: Dave Lendrum

This appears in the May 20 editions of Spotlight News.

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Nature and MTV

Local artist Jenny Kemp shares techniques with Sage students

As the spring semester comes to a close, Sage of Albany ended this year’s Artist Lecture Series with a presentation by the native Troy fine artist Jenny Kemp.

CPL director’s last chapter

Library Director Richard Naylor set to retire in May after 31 years

When asked what the most fulfilling part of working in the library was, William K. Sanford Library Director Richard Naylor said it was spreading a love for reading.

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Remembering brothers

“Please Remember Me” motorcade proceeded along Route 9 for third year

What began as one man’s way to honor fallen soldiers has become an annual memorial that rocks the Capital District.

EDITORIAL: Goodbye, Spotlight Viking

This editorial appears in the May 20 editions of Spotlight News.

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The pride of Troy

Super 400 allies with JCHA to play Capital City

Not many three piece bands can boast having a city holiday named after them. Super 400 is not a typical local band.

Singing for peace

The Troy Children’s Chorus has quickly become an asset to the Collar City

The Troy Children’s Chorus will wrap up the school year with the final performance of the spring at the First United Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m.

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Retail center proposed off Wolf Road

Residents voiced concerns over possible retail development in Colonie

The Planning Board’s first introduction of the proposed retail center on Albany Shaker Road included nearly an hour-long discussion about mostly traffic concerns.

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Call for equality

Grannies for Peace stood for racial equality, annual Tulip Fest vigil

In an annual tradition, Grannies for Peace once again stood in a silent vigil at Tulip Fest, this time deviating from the group’s usual anti-wartime messages to touch on racism.

Student housing sparks debate

Complex application draws questions to land use

An application for a student-living community sparked debate among the planning board, drawing questions at the language for the planned development district legislation.

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Getting jazzy

The ASO leads the charge across the two cities to celebrate American music along with Juilliard Jazz Trio, Amy Porter and more

Often times the art of a different medium influences others – the written word to the visual arts, the visual arts to music.

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Bold stand against heroin

Colonie High billboard contest draws attention to a growing problem throughout region

As hundreds of drivers travel along Route 155, they will see a new billboard that sports the message “Heroin Kills,” created by a Colonie High student in hopes of preventing the drug from taking more lives.

EDITORIAL: Use your words, don’t stomp

This editorial appears in the May 13 editions of Spotlight News.

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